SYDNEY, New South Wales/Australia (Wednesday, November 16, 2011) – Owen Wright (AUS), 21, has put in an amazing performance on his Sophomore year among the elite ASP Top 34, scalping his first major victory, making three finals and giving Kelly Slater (USA), 39, a run for his money in the hunt for his 11th ASP World Title. While the 2011 ASP World Tour season is far from over with the highly-touted Billabong Pipe Masters slated to cap off the season next month, the lanky goofy-footer caught up with STAB Magazine regarding his plans and predictions for 2012. This… is their story…
Owen Wright strode into the Fox Sports studio in Sydney’s Pyrmont area this afternoon with aplomb gained over a good year. He’d been invited in by the sports channel for a live talk show spot, before heading off to host a party in King’s Cross later in the evening. We ride the lift upstairs and are asked to sit down. While we wait, Owen, who’s only just signed up to Facebook and Twitter, asks how to ReTweet. He figures it out just before being ushered into the studio, where he speaks briefly (and v confidently) about, among other things, being in three consecutive finals with Kelly Slater, winning in New York, scooping $300k (minus 30 percent tax – ouch!), sis Tyler, Carissa Moore in the Triple Crown and Garret McNamara’s 90-foot wave. Owen answered in a way that was instinctual, not remembered. He then sat down with Stab for a brief chat about elite competitive surfing in 2012.
Stab: So, who’s gonna win the World title next year?
Owen Wright: From the outside looking in, I’m looking at guys like Jordy, Kelly, um…
Are you a contender? I’ll be going for it.
Do you feel confident? Yeah, for sure. To have the pressure of being a contender put on me halfway through the year, which I wasn’t really ready for… that was a learning curve. It’s been the best thing for me, to have that pressure put on, because now I know how much attention you get and what it’s like. So, I feel ready for it and I feel confident.
For the full interview log on to STAB Magazine
For more on Wright view his full ASP PROFILE.